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07-08-2006, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Toad View Post
Lemieux was never a tryout, he was signed in the middle of the season
Benoit was under contract with Hamilton when he came to rookie camp, then we signed him
Sanford: He eventually tried out, but again was signed in mid season
Cote and Michaud I'm not sure about

Lemieux was a tryout and was signed by Savard in Hamilton first. He was supposed to play in the ECHL but his hard work kept him in Hamilton according to Savard. His strong play got him a contract.

Benoit was encouraged to come to camp by Savard who personally said to him he thought he had a future with the Canadiens. He was signed to an AHL contract before the camp (perhaps as an incentive to come to camp, just guessing) I have heard Savard talk about Benoit and how much he likes his game. Benoit was signed by Gainey mid season.

Sanford was a tryout, was signed by the Habs then he wasn't resigned after his first year. Savard offered him an AHL contract. There was talk about problems with his weight/conditioning, which may or may not have been the reason why he wasn't resigned by Gainey. Sanford went on to lead the Bulldogs in scoring despite getting benched at times or shuffled around. Midseason he was signed to a 2 year contract by Gainey.

Cote was a tryout as was Michaud.

So yea all of them were tryouts but if you don't want to consider Benoit a tryout since he had an AHL contract already that works too.

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